Located on the verdant shores of the Bhagirathi River, Murshidabad presents an amalgamation of the typical Bengali lifestyle and 18th century architecture. Sirajud- daula, after becoming the nawab of Bengal, had declared Murshidabad as his capital. Though, he was assassinated here following the defeat at Plassey (now Palashi). Hzarduari is the main attraction in Murshidabad, a palace that was built for the nawabs in 1837. Famous for its 1000 doors (real and false), the palace houses a marvelous treasury of masterpieces from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Wasef Manzil, a former regal residence, Nizamat Imambara, the clock tower, and the classical Madina Mosque are among the other enticements worth-seeing inside the palace. Beneath the stairs of the crumbling beautiful Katra Mosque rests the grave of Murshid Quli Khan, the first nawab of Bengal who moved to the capital in 1700. Siraj-ud-daula’s assassination was executed at the Nimak Haram Deori (also referred to as the Traitor’s Gate). Kathgola Gardens houses an astonishing family of a Jain Tradin Family. The visitor’s ticket cost Rs. 7 and the timings are 6.30am-5.30pm.
Situated 15 km south of Murshidabad, Berhampore is the bus and railway hub for Murshidabad.